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Blog
Jan 31
Peggy Hoffman
Happy hands raised

Join a group of volunteer evangelists as we explore new solutions for association volunteering on an Association Trends webinar series. Tom Hood, CEO, Maryland Association of CPAs, Debra BenAvram, CEO, A.S.P.E.N., Rick Grimm, CEO for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, and Laura Garrison-Brook, President & CEO, Engaging Communities Consulting provide a look at 5 association case studies ranging from total governance overhaul to ad-hoc volunteering to a simple board training make-over.

Blog
Jan 22
Peggy Hoffman
reading

Shifting from product to service, the c's of successful teams, examining your website, your LinkedIn profile and your membership recruitment lanaguage ... from my reading list.

Blog
Jan 05
Carol Blattau

It’s the first Monday of the New Year and many of us have headed back to work, school or whatever routine that is part of our daily lives. It is also the day when we start getting serious about those New Year’s resolutions we so eagerly made just last week.  And it's the day that marks the beginning of the end because we all know we’ll scrap the whole resolution thing – if not most of it – by March.

But don’t despair. We can make it past March if we are just a bit more creative with some fun thrown in.

Blog
Dec 31
Peggy Hoffman

In Carol Burnett's immortal words, we're so glad we had this time together! And we look forward to more time in the company of friends and colleagues in 2015!

Blog
Dec 23
Peggy Hoffman
football team playing

The most common lament we hear (ok it’s tied with “we can’t find volunteers”) is how can we get the volunteers to actually do what they say they will. As we’ve always said here at Mariner, volunteer management is really HR management and so the many principals for motivating employees are relevant.

Blog
Dec 18
Carol Blattau

The year is almost done, which means many of us are starting to ponder our New Year’s Resolutions (again!). We’ll spend the coming days in quiet reflection on where we failed in 2014 and how we can better ourselves in 2015. Whether it’s making changes to our physical, mental or spiritual well-being, we’ll forge ahead with a list of resolutions written in the spirit of renewal. And we swear that this time, we’ll do it all!

Blog
Nov 25
Carol Blattau
musing from front desk

I was sent an old high school picture by a friend, which by itself was horrifying. But what really struck me was the text underneath.

Slide Deck
Nov 18
Peggy Hoffman

Elizabeth Engel and I shared insight from our white paper, the Mission Driven Volunteer is this webinar for Wild Apricot. Listen in ...

Blog
Nov 18
Peggy Hoffman
Hands in air

Earlier this month, Elizabeth Weaver Engel MA, CAE (Spark Consulting LLC) and I were excited to participate in the first Wild Apricot Expert Webinar to talk about our favorite topic: Mission-Driven Volunteering. The session was well-attended and there were lots of questions - too many to cover in the hour so we created a blog post to continue the conversation.

Blog
Nov 12
Peggy Hoffman
Searching through high grass

There is no easy answer to fixing the volunteer pool but the answer really isn’t complicated either. At issue is that our approach is too often reactive not proactive. We look to fill empty seats instead of building an engaged membership. One way to shift gears is to think of this as building a farm team … a feeder system like we see in sports.

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